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Vulnerabilities in Device Drivers From 20 Vendors Expose PCs to Persistent Malware

August 12, 2019

Researchers at firmware security company Eclypsium have analyzed device drivers from major vendors and identified over 40 drivers from 20 firms containing serious vulnerabilities that can be exploited to deploy persistent malware.

Device drivers provide access to the BIOS/UEFI or other system components with the purpose of allowing users to update firmware, perform diagnostics, and change settings. However, vulnerabilities in these drivers can pose a serious threat as they can allow an attacker to escalate privileges to the highest level and become highly persistent.

Privilege escalation flaws were previously found in drivers from Huawei, ASUS, ASRock, Gigabyte and others, and some sophisticated threats, such as the Slingshot campaign and some Fancy Bear attacks, exploited these types of weaknesses to deploy rootkits.

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